DWI's activities focus on five research programmes, each of which addresses key questions for the development of new active and interactive material properties. We work in these areas across groups and bundle the competencies of our scientific leaders in order to exploit interdisciplinary synergies.
Transport, Reaction and Exchange Systems
In biological systems — for example, in human cells — chemical reactions, the selective transport of molecules through membranes and the capability to generate and store energy play an important role. The aim of DWI’s research program ‘Transport, Reaction and Exchange Systems’ is to develop active and interactive materials that mimic nature. By understanding and being able to control such processes, the scientists apply the achieved knowledge, in application-oriented research projects. They are developing materials and systems for the desalination of water, for innovative batteries, capacitors as well as catalytic systems or materials for biomedicine. Therefore, they use building blocks and synthetic methods developed in the other research programs of the DWI as, for instance, microscopically small systems. Such droplets or microgels, sponge-like, water-rich polymer networks, are suitable as reservoirs for the controlled release, uptake or conversion of medical agents or chemicals.